Young Carers

What is a Young Carer? 

A Young carer Is someone under the age of 18 years old, who helps to look after someone in their family or a friend who has an illness, physical or learning disability, sensory impairment, mental health condition, alcohol/ substance dependency.

Young Carers take on practical tasks, such as cooking and housework, they may also help out with physical and personal care. Young carers might provide emotional support that would normally be expected of an adult. They may help with shopping and managing the family budget. Other responsibilities may include looking after brothers and sisters.

The impact on young carers can be significant, especially in terms of their education. Young carers can struggle with juggling their education and home life commitments which can cause them added pressure and stress.

What does John Henry Newman do to support Young Carers? 

At John Henry Newman we offer help and support for Young Carers. We understand that Young Carers can be dealing with a lot at home and we believe it is important that they have someone to talk to and support them in school with their learning. We have a Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team in school where young carers can access any support they require. However, if they prefer they can email the wellbeing team on

In addition to this we arrange annual activities & days out to places such as the Theatre and Drayton Manor Park.

Who to Contact

If you think you may be a Young Carer, you can talk to Mrs Webb, Mrs Smith or Miss Kendrick in school. Alternatively you could email the wellbeing team

You can also contact Solihull Young Carers directly on 0121 788 1143 or email if you live in Solihull. If you live in Birmingham you can call 01216380876 or email

Solihull Young Carers

Solihull Young Carers Service supports children and young people who are aged between 5 and 18 caring for a family member of friend. They have Support Workers at the service who are able to help you with:

  • Emotional support
  • Family responsibilities
  • Housework
  • Medical care
  • Communication
  • Support with finances

You can meet with other Young Carers on trips out, especially during the holiday times, including:

  • Day Trips Out
  • Mini Holidays
  • Group Sessions
  • School Holiday Activities

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Birmingham Young Carers


Birmingham Young Carers provides support for Young Carers up to the age of 18. We split our groups into three age groups; Under 12, 12-14 and 15+.


Depending on the level of support needed, our free service offers:

  • A monthly young carers respite group
  • Confidential one-to-one support with a dedicated worker
  • Help to access other services
  • Training opportunities, e.g. first aid, fire awareness or building self esteem and confidence
  • Telephone Support
  • Issue based workshops
  • Access to our counselling service if needed
  • Transition into the adult carers service once you reach 18
  • Opportunity to take an activity break, make friends and have some fun!
  • Whole family support
  • Information and Advice